Hispanic-themed Books Help Children Face Fears

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 – Oct. 15

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Not that anyone needs a comprehensive list of what keeps people awake at night, but a new mystery book Why Juan Can't Sleep chronicles--with hilarity--every possible cause for insomnia. From wild dreams to noisy critters and neighbors, to too much Chinese food, author Karl Beckstrand makes sure adults and kids are entertained at bedtime. The fourth in his Mini-mysteries for Minors series, this interactive book has finding activities and striking illustrations by Spanish artist Luis Sanz that grab readers and aid comprehension. Young and old will identify with this funny, spooky quest for rest (for ages 4 - 10).

This summer, two of Beckstrand's mysteries were highlighted among the "best of the best" on Barnes & Noble's site. Other praise for Beckstrand has come from the Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews, and School Library Journal. Beckstrand's books have Latino flair, minority characters and often end with a surprise twist. Mini-mysteries for Minors help children identify and face fears. Many are available in English-only, Spanish-only, and bilingual versions--with full text and pronunciation guide in both languages--and as e-books.

This month's international release of Why Juan Can't Sleep coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month. One other new title from Beckstrand is Arriba Up, Abajo Down at the Boardwalk--a bilingual picture book of opposites. All Mini-mysteries for Minors are ideal Halloween books: Sounds in the House: A Mystery - Sonidos en la casa, She Doesn't Want the Worms - Ella no quiere los gusanos, Crumbs on the Stairs - Migas en las escaleras.

The 32-page, perfect-bound, 8"x10" soft cover Why Juan Can't Sleep--and the series--are available via Premiobooks.com, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Brodart, Follett Library Resources/BWI Title Wave, Kindle and select retailers (ISBN: 978-0615692296).

Premio Publishing has been delighting readers since 2004. Nationally lauded (ForeWord Reviews, Horn Book blog, School Library Journal, Barnes & Noble), Premio’s activity books (including a cookbook for kids), Spanish/bilingual picture books (with Spanish/English pronunciation guide), e-book mysteries, non-fiction stories and free online books feature minority characters, capture attention and create repeat readers. Find Premio libros and titles via: Baker & Taylor, Bn.com, Brodart, Follett Library Resources/BWI Title Wave, Ingram, Nook, Kindle, ibooks, Kobo, Amazon.com and select retailers.

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